First/Second Class - Ms. Moroney

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School Work to be Completed during School Closure

22nd June- 26th June

Hello ladies!

I hope you’re all keeping well! Can you believe we’ve come to the end of the school year?! In some ways, it feels like it was only yesterday that we were in our classroom, going about our business, as we always did. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. Time seems to have slowed down and speeded up!! That’s why, this week, our theme is ‘Looking back, looking forward’

Second class, please click button below for Ms. A. Murphy's Math's work.

 

Monday 22nd June

English 1st class:

Spelling:

This week, we’re continuing to talking about ‘magic’ e. We need to remember an important rule in English. The rule is this: ‘Magic ‘e’ makes the other vowel say its name’. Today, we’re looking at magic ‘e’ words where the other vowel is ‘i’. Here are some examples of what the magic ‘e’ does to the sound of the ‘i’: ‘fin’---‘fine’, ‘rip’---‘ripe’, ‘Tim’---‘time’. Go to week 22, page 46 of your Spellbound and try blocks 77 (-ice words), 78 (-ide words) and 79 (-ike words). Make sure you know the words in the lists. (Get an adult to test you). Then, try to think of as many words as you can from the same word ‘families’ as the target words – for example, for ‘-ice’ words use your consonants/blends/digraphs to make other ‘-ice’ words, like ‘price’, ‘spice’ etc. Remember what I’ve said before – once you learn one word in a ‘family’, you can easily learn them all! Write some ‘silly sentences’ using as many of the words as you can. Here’s an example: ‘I like a slice of ice on the side of my drink!’ You could also ask your mum or dad to call out sentences, using the target words and simple high frequency words. Your job is to write those sentences as accurately as you can, just like our usual ‘Friday dictation’.

I’d like you to keep practising your high frequency words too. These are so important to your reading and writing! Use your ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ to help you spell them correctly. Make sure you can also use them correctly in sentences! You’ll find lots of examples of these words on-line if you search ‘Dolch words’. Spread this work out throughout the week.

 

Grammar:

This week we’re continuing to look at verbs. Verbs are ‘action’ words which tell us what somebody is doing/did/will do. Examples would be ‘arrive’, ‘bake’, ‘walk’, ‘work’ etc. As our theme this week is ‘looking back, looking forward’ I thought we might look at how we talk about the past. When we want to talk about what somebody did in the past, we often add -ed to the main part of the verb, for example, ‘Every day I walk to school. Yesterday I walked to school’. If the verb already ends in ‘e’, we just add ‘d’. For example, ‘Every day I bake a cake. Yesterday I baked a cake.’ Go to ‘The Grumpy Teaspoon Activity Book’ (Folens) and do Activity C on page 33.  I’d also like you to try to make up your own sentences, talking about what you did in the past. (As you already know, lots of past forms of verbs aren’t so simple, but we’re starting with the easy ones!!)

 

Reading/Writing:

Reading for today and tomorrow will be taken from ‘My Read at Home Book 1’ (CJFallon). Go to page 17, and a story called ‘Are We There Yet?’ Prior to reading the text discuss the title and illustration. What do you think this piece might be about? Read the questions before you read the piece! When you have finished reading, have a chat about the piece, answering the questions as you do so. This story is all about ‘looking forward’ to something nice. Molly is very impatient to get to the circus!! Have you ever been impatient for something to happen? Did you ask a lot of questions about when the event would happen? Were other people around you as excited as you were? If you like, you could write about the exciting event, and how you felt before it happened!

 

Maths 1st class:

This week we’re continuing to talk about… time! We already did work on this topic, but this week I’d like to move on a little bit.

-Go to page 161 of your ‘Busy at Maths’ book and look at the section from a calendar. Can you answer these questions: What is a calendar? What is it used for? Have you ever seen anyone use one? Do you have one in your home? (We’ll be looking at your own calendar, if you have one, later in the week!)

-Parents, with your child look closely at the ‘March’ page from a calendar on page 161. First, make sure your child knows the correct sequence of the months of the year. Does she know which month comes before/after March? Next, establish how many days are in March. How did you find out?

-Demonstrate that every day has a corresponding date. If we begin with the date the first of March, we see that the day this date falls on is a Monday. Ask your child for the day corresponding to a number of dates – for example, ‘On what day(s) of the week does the 14th /22nd /19th of March fall?’

- Demonstrate that every date has a corresponding day. If we begin with the day ‘Monday’, we see that the dates for all the Mondays in March are the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. Ask your child for the dates corresponding to a particular day – for example, ‘On what dates do all the Wednesdays in March fall?’ More specifically, you could ask, for example, ‘On what date does the 5th Friday/2nd Thursday in March fall?’

-Answer questions 1 – 10 on page 161.

English 2nd class:

Parents, please see the 1st class section above for details of methodologies suggested in respect of English. These can also be used with 2nd class.

Spelling:

Ladies, we’ve pretty much finished your ‘Spellbound’!! If there are any blocks that we’ve missed, you can do those this week. We’re going to do the ‘General Revision’ section this week too. Go to pages 68 and 69 (week 33) and do exercises 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I’d like you to keep practising your high frequency words too. These are so important to your reading and writing! Use ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ to help you spell them correctly. Make sure you’re able to use the words in sentences! You’ll find lots of examples of these words on-line if you search ‘Dolch words’. Spread this work out throughout the week.

Grammar:

This week we’re continuing to look at verbs. Verbs are ‘action’ words which tell us what somebody is doing/did/will do. Examples would be ‘arrive’, ‘bake’, ‘walk’, ‘work’ etc. As our theme this week is ‘looking back, looking forward’ I thought we might look at how we talk about the past. When we want to talk about what somebody did in the past, we often add -ed to the main part of the verb, for example, ‘Every day I walk to school. Yesterday I walked to school’. If the verb already ends in ‘e’, we just add ‘d’. For example, ‘Every day I bake a cake. Yesterday I baked a cake.’ Go to ‘The Grumpy Teaspoon Activity Book’ (Folens) and do Activity C on page 33.  I’d also like you to try to make up your own sentences, talking about what you did in the past. (As you already know, lots of past forms of verbs aren’t so simple, but we’re starting with the easy ones!!)

 

 

Reading/Writing:

Reading for today and tomorrow will be taken from ‘My Read at Home Book 2’ (CJFallon).  Go to page 50, and a piece called ‘Postcard from Paris’. Prior to reading the text discuss the title and illustration. What do you think this piece might be about? Read the questions before you read the piece! When you have finished reading, have a chat about the piece, answering the questions as you do so. Why, do you think, do people send postcards? Have you ever written or received a postcard? Look back to the last time you visited somewhere outside Dublin. (I know it seems like a long time ago!!) Could you write a postcard to somebody at home, in Dublin, about your trip/visit?

Gaeilge: 1st and 2nd class:

This week, we’re continuing to talk about ‘Mefein’ (Myself), but I’d like to put everything we’ve learned in the past few weeks together to create ‘Mo Leabhar Beag’ (My Little Book) Inniu, tarraing pictiur duit fein, ag baint usaid as na focail riachtanach m. sh. ‘beal’, ‘sron’, ‘gruaig’ srl… (Today, draw a picture of yourself, using the necessary words for different parts of your body – ‘mouth’, ‘nose’, ‘hair’ etc…) Tarraing na headai is fearr leat freisin. (Draw your favourite clothes too and don’t forget to label your picture – for example, ‘guna ban-dearg’ (pink dress)

Tuesday 23rd June:

English: 1st class

Spelling:

Today, we’re continuing to look at magic ‘e’ words. Remember, the ‘e’ makes the other vowel (in this case ‘i’) say its name! Go to week 22 (page 46) of your Spellbound and do block 80 (-ine words). Then go to week 23 (page 48) and do blocks 81 (-ife and -ile words) and 82 (-ire and –ise words). As always, try to think of as many examples of the word ‘families’ as you can!

Grammar:

Today we’re continuing to look at talking about the past using verbs. We’ve already talked about adding –ed. Sometimes though, we need to change the spelling of the word slightly before we add –ed!

-If the verb ends with a short vowel and consonant, the consonant is doubled before you add –ed. Here are some examples: stop ----- stopped, grab ----- grabbed, sin ----- sinned and so on.

-If the verb ends with a ‘y’ (without a vowel before the ‘y)’ then the ‘y’ changes to ‘i’ before adding –ed. Here are some examples: cry ----- cried, dry ----- dried, spy ----- spied.

-If you search ‘worksheets to practise adding ed to verbs’ you’ll find lots of work to keep you busy!! Don’t forget to have a go at writing your own sentences about things you did in the past too!

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 102 and look at the piece called ‘The Moon’. Prior to reading the text, discuss the title and illustration. What do you think the piece might be about? Read the questions before you read! When you have finished reading, have a chat about the piece, answering the questions as you do so. Do you think we’ll live on the moon in the future? Why/why not? If we do, can you imagine what it would be like? You could draw or write about what you think life on the moon would be like!

Maths: 1st:  

Today, we’re moving on a little to talk about your life!

-If you have a calendar at home, look back to the beginning of the year (January). Does mum or dad ‘mark’ the calendar to help remind them of particular days or dates? (Sometimes people put a circle or a cross on particular days. They might also write something on the calendar!) What sorts of things are ‘marked’ on your calendar for January? Did anything special happen? Look through the calendar for February, March, April and May too. Did anything special happen in those months?

-Write about some things that were marked in your family’s calendar for January to May. (Nothing too confidential though!) Can you write the day and date on which particular things happened? For example, in my calendar, for Friday the 7th of February I’ve written ‘Amanda coming to dinner’!

-Do you notice anything unusual about the markings on your calendar for the last few months? You shouldn’t have to think too hard!

-Now, look forward to the rest of the year! What sorts of things are ‘marked’ on your calendar for June? Will anything special happen? Look through the calendar for July to December too. Will anything special happen in those months? Can you write the day and date on which particular things will happen?

-If you’d like further practice on using a calendar, go to page 49 of ‘Planet Maths’ (Folens) and do Activity A.

 

English: 2nd class

Spellings:

Go to pages 70 and 71 (week 34) of your Spellbound and do exercises 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Grammar:

Today we’re continuing to look at talking about the past using verbs. We’ve already talked about adding –ed. Sometimes though, we need to change the spelling of the word slightly before we add –ed!

-If the verb ends with a short vowel and consonant, the consonant is doubled before you add –ed. Here are some examples: stop ----- stopped, grab ----- grabbed, sin ----- sinned and so on.

-If the verb ends with a ‘y’ (without a vowel before the ‘y)’ then the ‘y’ changes to ‘i’ before adding –ed. Here are some examples: cry ----- cried, dry ----- dried, spy ----- spied.

-If you search ‘worksheets to practise adding ed to verbs’ you’ll find lots of work to keep you busy!! Don’t forget to have a go at writing your own sentences about things you did in the past too!

 

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 67, and a piece called ‘Mars’. Prior to reading the text discuss the title and illustration. What do you think this piece might be about? Read the questions before you read the piece! When you have finished reading, have a chat about the piece, answering the questions as you do so. Do you think we’ll live on Mars in the future? Why/why not? If we do, can you imagine what it would be like? You could draw or write about what you think life on Mars would be like!

Gaeilge: 1st and 2nd class:

Cad iad na rudai is maith leat/is brea leat/is fuath leat? Scriobh abairti le haghaidh do roghanna. (What do you like/love/hate? Write sentences about your preferences) Here are some of my examples!

-‘Is maith liom milseain’ (I like sweets)

-‘Ni maith liom ispini’ (I don’t like sausages)

-‘Is brea liom a bheith ag snamh’ (I love swimming)

-‘is fuath liom a bheith ag rith’ (I hate running)

History: 1st and 2nd class:

This week it’s all about looking back and looking forward! Today, (or whenever you get a chance!) I’d like you to ‘interview’ a grandparent or other older member of your family about life when he/she was young. (Of course, at the moment you might not be ‘seeing’ your grandparents, but maybe you could phone/Facetime/Skype them!)

Here are some questions you could ask them: (Of course you can make up your own questions too!)

-How many children were in your family?

-Where did you live?

-Can you describe your home?

-Did you have jobs to do around the home? If so, what were they?

-What kinds of food did you eat?

-What kinds of clothes did you wear?

-How did you travel around?

-Did you ever go on holidays? If so, where did you go?

-Can you describe your school?

-What were your favourite/least favourite things about school?

-What games did you play?

-What toys did you play with?

I’m looking forward to hearing all about your grandparents lives next week!

 

 

 

Thursday 25th June:

 

English 1st class:

Spellings:

Today, we’re looking at –ive words, -ite words and –ime words. Go to Spellbound page 48, week 23 and try blocks 83 and 84. (Be careful with the –ite words – often we make that sound using –ight!)

 

Grammar:

Today we’re continuing to look at how we talk about the past in English. A lot of English verbs are irregular – that means they don’t obey the rules (so no adding –ed!) Here are some examples: see ----- saw, eat ----- ate, bring ----- brought, fly ----- flew… There are loads of them!! If you search ‘worksheets to practise irregular verbs’ you’ll find lots of work to keep you busy! (And maybe I’ll never hear ‘I brang’ again…J)

 

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 4 of ‘The Grumpy Teaspoon’ (Folens) and look at a story called ‘First Day Back for Jack’. (It’s a second class story, but I think you’ll all be able for it!) Prior to reading the text, discuss the title and illustration. What do you think the story might be about? When you have finished reading, have a chat about the story. Do you like it? Why/why not? Did you guess the ‘twist’ in the story? What do you think our first day back at school this year will be like? Do you think it will be different from a ‘normal’ first day back in September? Why/why not? Could you write about it? A good title might be ‘First Day Back … How Will It Be?’

 

Maths 1st class:

Ladies, we’ve now covered all strands in Maths for first class!! Congratulations! Look back through your ‘Busy at Maths’ and fill in any ‘blanks’ you find. If you haven’t already done so, go back to your ‘Maths Time’ and complete it too.

English 2nd class:

Spelling:

Go to pages 72 and 73 (week 35) of your Spellbound and do exercises 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Grammar: Today we’re continuing to look at how we talk about the past in English. A lot of English verbs are irregular – that means they don’t obey the rules (so no adding –ed!) Here are some examples: see ----- saw, eat ----- ate, bring ----- brought, fly ----- flew… There are loads of them!! If you search ‘worksheets to practise irregular verbs’ you’ll find lots of work to keep you busy! (And maybe I’ll never hear ‘I brang’ again…J)

 

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 4 of ‘The Grumpy Teaspoon’ (Folens) and look at a story called ‘First Day Back for Jack’. (Yes, we’ve read it before, but I think it fits well with our theme this week!) Prior to reading the text, discuss the title and illustration. What do you think the story might be about? When you have finished reading, have a chat about the story. Do you like it? Why/why not? What do you think our first day back at school this year will be like? Do you think it will be different from a ‘normal’ first day back in September? Why/why not? Could you write about it? A good title might be ‘First Day Back … How Will It Be?’

Gaeilge: 1st and 2nd class:

Can you talk about activities you are (or are not!) doing right now? Can you ask questions about what somebody is doing right now?

-‘An bhfuil tu ag rith?’ (Are you running?)

-‘Ta me ag rith’ (I am running)

-‘Nil me ag rith’ (I am not running)          

Draw pictures of you doing different activities and write simple sentences underneath. (You could put a big ‘X’ through some pictures and write ‘Nil me ag…’ (I am not…)

History: 1st and 2nd class

Today, I’d like you to look around you and think about how things in your environment, like roads, buildings etc have changed and how they have stayed the same.

-Start with your home. Since your family has lived there, how has it changed and how has it stayed the same? If your home is not new, can you find out how old it is, and what, if anything, has changed since it was built? (Maybe you could find old photos?) Write down what you find out! (Look at page 96 of ‘Unlocking SESE – 2nd class’ (Folens) for some ideas to get you started!)

-Now look at your street. Do you think it has changed over time? What, if anything, has changed? (You might be able to find old photos of your street/area online!) Write down what you find out!

-Talk to your grandparents about the place(s) they live(d). If they’ve lived there all their lives, how has is changed in that time? In what ways has it stayed the same? Write down the information you get under two headings: ‘Now’ and ‘Then’. Look at page 15 of ‘Unlocking SESE – 2nd class’ (Folens) to see how an older person describes the changes in his town since he was young.

-You could also record what you find out in drawings. You could, for example, do a drawing of what your street looked like long ago, and another of what it looks like now. If you find any photos of your area from long ago, maybe you could put them on our Google classroom? I love looking at old photos!!

 

 

 

Friday 26th June:

English: 1st class

Spelling:

Today, I’d like you to have a look at some extra work based on magic ‘e’ with ‘i’ as the other vowel. Go to page 78 of ‘Two Little Frogs’ (Folens) and do activities A and B. Page 50 of ‘The Green Genie’ (Folens) also has work on these words. Do activities B and C on this page. Over the summer, you might like to finish off any spelling work we haven’t done in our ‘Spellbound’.

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 36 of ‘The Green Genie’ (Folens) and look at a piece called ‘Extinct’. (It’s a second class text, but you’ll be able for it!) Prior to reading the text, discuss the title and illustration. What do you think the piece might be about? When you have finished reading, have a chat about it. Dinosaurs live waaay back in the past, so we’re really ‘looking back’ by thinking about them!! What do scientists think happened to the dinosaurs? What do you think happened to them? If you like, you could do some research on the different ideas about why they became extinct. If you search ‘simple explanations for dinosaur extinction for kids’ you’ll find lots of information!

Search for a poem called ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein. (You might need to get mum or dad to help you read it) When you’ve finished reading, chat about the poem. Did you like it? Why/why not? What is the poem about, do you think? Who ‘owns’ the voice in the poem? Do you have a “voice that speaks inside”? What does it say? Is it important to listen to that voice? Why? Do you think that voice has changed as you have grown? Will it change again as you get older? Could you write about what your ‘inside voice’ says?

 

Maths 1st class:

Keep looking back through your ‘Busy at Maths’ and filling in any ‘blanks’ you find. Also, keep working on your ‘Maths Time’ and complete it too.

English: 2nd class:

Spellings:

Go to pages 74 and 75 (week 36) of your Spellbound and do exercises 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Reading/Writing:

Go to page 36 of ‘The Green Genie’ (Folens) and look at a piece called ‘Extinct’. Prior to reading the text, discuss the title and illustration. What do you think the piece might be about? When you have finished reading, have a chat about it. Dinosaurs live waaay back in the past, so we’re really ‘looking back’ by thinking about them!! What do scientists think happened to the dinosaurs? What do you think happened to them? If you like, you could do some research on the different ideas about why they became extinct. If you search ‘simple explanations for dinosaur extinction for kids’ you’ll find lots of information!

Search for a poem called ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein. When you’ve finished reading, chat about the poem. Did you like it? Why/why not? What is the poem about, do you think? Who ‘owns’ the voice in the poem? Do you have a “voice that speaks inside”? What does it say? Is it important to listen to that voice? Why? Do you think that voice has changed as you have grown? Will it change again as you get older? Could you write about what your ‘inside voice’ says?

1st and 2nd class:

Science/Geography:

Your reading for today was a text called ‘Extinct’. The last sentence in the text is “We should protect our world so no other animal becomes extinct.” Looking forward, how can we “protect our world”? There are lots of simple ways in which we can make the world a better place for all living things, and it all starts with YOU (and me!)

-Do you recycle? Recycling is a simple way to look after our world! Go to page 91 of ‘Unlocking SESE – 1st class’ (Folens) and read all about it!